(2 players; 25 minutes; ages 6+)

Patchwork is one of the lightest pure strategy games around. I find it impossible to plan more than a couple of moves ahead, but each turn seems rich while it ironically limits you to buying one of three patches. Don’t let the apparent frivolity of the art fool you – this is one of the greatest abstract games by Uwe Rosenberg – one of the world’s greatest game designers.

Thanks to Pongrácz Zsolt for allowing MathPickle to use the photo.

One of the things that ultimately led me to leave mathematics and go into political science was thinking I could prevent nuclear war.

Paul Wolfowitz